Competition in Connections

Competition in the connections market means you have a choice when selecting who provides some elements of your connection process.

These can either be provided by ourselves, Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) or Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs).

Independent Distribution Network Operator

Independent Distribution Network Operator

Independent Distribution Network Operators are accredited companies that can build new electricity networks. An IDNO may continue to own and operate these new networks independently, providing maintenance, repair and supply to their customers.

Independent Connection Provider

Independent Connection Provider

These are companies that are accredited to build new electricity networks to our specifications. These new networks can then be adopted by us or by an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO).

You’ll find more details in this section, including information about who can do the work and what work can be done. Our leaflet, Connecting You With a Choice, also offers more information.

For your safety, only suitably accredited connection companies can provide connections. Although point of connection quotations can be issued to any customer who requests one, only fully accredited ICPs can present designs for adoption and a point of connection quote cannot be accepted unless it is accompanied with a full design from an accredited ICP.

New domestic, commercial, industrial and generation network connections can be built by an ICP, IDNO or SP Energy Networks (SPEN). These connections may be adopted by SP Energy Networks or an IDNO. 

Alternative Connection Providers 

There are a number of Alternative Connection Providers active in the SP Distribution (SPD) and SP Manweb (SPM) areas.  Click here to view list

Please note that this is not exhaustive and is based on providers known to be operating in the SPM/SPD licenced areas.  It also does not form any recommendation or endorsement from SPEN.

A full list of all accredited Connections Providers can be found on the Lloyd’s Register NeRS website: Click Here 
If you are a Connections Provider and would like your company to be listed, please email gettingconnectedupdate@spenergynetworks.co.uk

Competition in Connections